The Media Kron Pilot Project

Late last fall, my director and I submitted a proposal to participate in the pilot partnership of The Media Kron Project (TMKP), an initiative of Boston College. We were intrigued by the potential of the tool, which, unlike the current Learning Management System used at our institution, provides a unique interface for organizing and exploring media content (images, video, audio, and text files) along geographic, chronological, and topical organization schemes. Although we did not have long-term goals for the product in mind at the time of our application, we were pleased to be selected as one of the partner institutions, and grateful to be able to participate in a defined and narrowly-scoped trial process.

We will be using TMKP in two classes during the upcoming year:

History of U.S. Broadcast and Electronic Journalism, Fall 2012
Professor Mark Williams’ project concentrates on specific debates, events, and individuals that impacted the history of U.S. broadcast journalism.  Media Kron will be used to illuminate the formats, aesthetics, economics, and industrial organization of the incorporated media.

Introduction to Hispanic Studies: Middle ages to 1700’s, Spring 2012
Professor Noelia Cirnigliaro’s project explores major literary trends and cultural productions from the Middle Ages to the 17th century in both Spanish and Spanish-American contexts. Media Kron will visually organize media to help students understand major political, aesthetic, and cultural movements of the time period.

In each of the courses, the instructors were particularly interested in the option of having students contribute to the curating process for their course sites, in the form of organizing materials that the professor selected (by adding metadata such as geographic location, time period, and tags), and also having students research and select additional items to add to the sites. We are unsure yet how exactly to implement this in the class, but I am excited by the potential for more active learning with the system instead of merely passive viewing of items that the professors have assembled.

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